Student and Teacher Resources

The Hamilton County library has many resources that are available to teachers. All of these resources can also be used by students in or out of the classroom.

Available Books

Need a book for your class? Hamilton County Library has many books and all of them are available for teachers and students to use. Hamilton County Library has a wide selection of children books that can meet any of your teaching needs. We have many classic books such as: Dr. Seuss, Where the Wild Things Are, and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. Plus we have many newer and popular books like Pete the Cat. We also have many Non-Fiction and Fiction books that are easy to read and understand for young readers such as The Amazing Animals series.

Hamilton County Library also has many books, both Fiction and Non-Fiction, that are written specifically for Jr. High and High School students. Jr. High and High School students are also encouraged to utilize any of the Non-Fiction books in the Library

InterLibrary Loan

Cant find the book you need? Don’t Worry! We can borrow it from another library for you! However, we ask that you inform us of the book you need at least 1 week before you will use it in class so that we can receive it in time. In order to request a book on InterLibrary Loan; call or visit Hamilton County Library and let a librarian know what book you would like to loan.

Online Resources:

BookFlix

BookFlix is a fun online reading website that has both videos of books and books that children can read for themselves. They also have the option of having a narrator read with them. Children search for books by Genre and then by Title. To go to BookFlix: go to the Research for Kids page on the Kansas State Library website and click on the BookFlix link. Like Tumble Book Library, BookFlix  cannot be shown in front of a class. However, individual students can watch these books by themselves on their own computer.

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school_hdr_brandThe Britannica Resources

Why use questionable resources online? Britannica School is the Britannica Encyclopedia designed especially for School aged readers. Britannica School is split up in three different sections: Elementary, Middle School and High School. For Elementary students: go to the Research for Kids page on the Kansas State Library website and click on Britannica School. For High School and Middle School, go to the Student Research page. Then Click on Britannica School Link. This is a must use resource for study and research and a must use for your students to use in the classroom. It is simple to navigate and contains trust-able information.

Britannica Library/Britannica Academic

The Britannica Library and the Britannica Academic are  major sources of information. They are 100 times more convenient and faster than looking through the Britannica Encyclopedia without losing any of the information or credibility. Just enter a search item and you are on your way. Britannica Academic, which is more reference oriented, has articles from journals, books, and videos over certain search criteria. It also contains a dictionary!  To reach either the Britannica Library or Britannica Academic go to the Kansas State Online Resource Page and click on Britannica Library or Britannica Academic under the General Research heading.

Explora

Explora is powered by EBSCOhost. Is is an awesome place to find journal and book entries over a variety of subjects. Students and teachers are able to utilize articles that are peer reviewed; eliminating the risk of using non-academic sources. The best thing about Explora is that it is Google Classroom Friendly. Saving teachers alot of time.  To use Explora: go to the Kansas State Resource Page, then click on the Explora Link under the General Referance heading.

 

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History Reference Center

The History Reference Center is similar in concept to EBSCOhost, except it is specifically for History. You can choose if you want to explore US history or world history. Then what time/area/culture etc. A list of journal articles and books will appear. These journals and articles can be used for research in a paper or for homework. The History Reference Center can be accessed by going to the Student Research Page and clicking on the History Reference Center link.

Mango Languages

Want to learn a language for free? Welcome to Mango Language. Students can learn multiple languages using this program. This will prove to be a challenging and meaningful free time activity or extra credit opportunity for your students! Teachers can also use this program to help them to communicate better with their students! Students and Teachers will have to setup accounts  in order to save their progress. Mango Language can be accessed by going to either the Research for Kids page or the Student Research Page and clicking on the Mango Languages link.

Accelerated Reader

This Accelerated Reader website allows you to search for the reading level and point value of any book that has a accelerated reader test. Search by book title, author, or ISBN. This website is very useful for students, parents and teachers.

 Explora, Britannica, Mango Languages, Bookflix and the History Reference Center are all accessed through the Kansas State Library. Teachers and Students will each need to have a State Library Card in order to get these resources. Kansas State Library Cards can be obtained at Hamilton County Library.
Teachers, we want to know how we can help you! If you have any suggestions please let us know. Thanks!

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